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Provo • As BYU prepares to face Utah State on Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium, the Cougars are playing a little game of "Where's Waldo?" with the Aggies.
But in this case, it should be called "Where's Harvey going to play?"
That would be Harvey Langi, the former linebacker and defensive end who played fullback in last week's 51-9 win over UMass and rushed for 56 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Langi made the move to the position he excelled at while at Bingham High, and looked like he had been playing it his entire college career.
"I just like playing football," Langi said after the performance, noting that it came at the request of the coaching staff. "It is a game, and I get to play it every day and every week and I love getting to play on both sides. I'm happy to play the game on either side."
Langi was moved over because senior Jamaal Williams (ankle) and sophomore Squally Canada (sprained thumb) were held out of the game due to injury. Freshman KJ Hall rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown in his first career start, and with Langi blocking effectively.
Head coach Kalani Sitake said Williams and Canada both practiced on Monday and was noncommittal on how the coaching staff plans to use Langi in the big rivalry game.
"We will see," Sitake said. "I don't want to say, 'No, you won't see [Langi] at running back,' but I don't want to tip them off, either. … I think there is a part of the [offensive] scheme where Harvey could fit perfectly."
Sitake reiterated that Williams is the starter and the offense will run through him if he's healthy. He also said that there won't be holding anything back to ensure everybody is healthy for the Poinsettia Bowl, saying the Cougars will "empty the tank" against the 3-8 Aggies and then use the month afterward to recover.
"KJ [Hall] has played really well the last couple of weeks," Sitake said. "I think he's earned a spot as well. … I don't know if [Langi's] services will be needed this week as much as last week, but you never know."
On BYU's new projected depth chart released Monday, Langi is listed as the backup to Algernon Brown at fullback, the co-starter with Sae Tautu at stud defensive end, and the co-starter at middle linebacker with Butch Pau'u.
"Harvey is a pretty good blocker, too," Sitake said. "He did well in pass [protection], he's a bigger body now. I know he is listed at 250, but I think he's a little bit heavier than that. He's an athletic kid. He can do so many different things. He's just got so much talent, you could put him in a lot of different places."
The Aggies enter the annual Battle for the Old Wagon Wheel having lost four straight games, but Sitake and the three players who spoke at Monday's news briefing said Utah State has lost a lot of close games and is a lot better than its record suggests.
The Cougars are 19-point favorites. BYU senior receiver Garrett Juergens played in the secondary with Dallin Leavitt before Leavitt transferred to Utah State, and knows how talented he is.
"It is going to be a close game, a tough game," Juergens said.
Sitake said current Oregon State coach Gary Andersen upgraded USU's talent when he left the staff at Utah, where both assistants coached, and Matt Wells has continued that kind of recruiting.
"They are a great team. They have a lot of great athletes," Sitake said. "They have great team speed, and they are physical up front. I know the results haven't been exactly what they've wanted this season, so they are going to put everything into this game. Same thing with us. … So, we are expecting their best. They have every bit of our attention and our respect."
Utah State at BYU
P Saturday, 8:15 p.m.
TV • ESPNU